FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Germany’s president says the country is enduring a “crisis of trust” and urged people to “pull together” as they weather a second Easter amid pandemic restrictions and dissatisfaction over the government´s response.
In the text of an address to be broadcast Saturday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier conceded that “there were mistakes” regarding testing, digital solutions and vaccinations.
“Trust – in a democracy it rests on a very fragile understanding between citizens and the state: `You, state, do your part, I, citizen, do mine,´” he said. “I know that you, the citizens, are doing your part in this historic crisis. You have done much and you have gone without much.”
“Your expectation for those in government is, `Get it together.´”
Steinmeier said the country had swung from self-satisfaction over lower infection numbers in the early stage of the pandemic to excessive pessimism today.
He urged Germans